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Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I

Date: September 27, 2000
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-123
03:04:23
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Nisei male. Born 1924 in Portland, Oregon. Incarcerated at North Portland Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Kept a diary beginning December, 1941 and through incarceration. Beginning as a teenager, was exceptionally active as a volunteer leader, first within a Japanese American church in Portland, later in camp with Federated Christian Church, school and service clubs, and throughout life. Graduated from Hunt High School and left Minidoka on indefinite work leave. Drafted in 1944; graduated from United States Military Intelligence Service Language School. After discharge, returned to Portland, Oregon and graduated from college in 1949. One of the earliest Nisei to obtain Master of Social Work degree from University of Washington, 1951. Married, 1951, and had four children. Incarceration led him to resolve to work for social justice. In 1953, was one of the first Nisei hired as executive director of a nonprofit organization in the United States (outside the Japanese American community), and served at the Atlantic Street Center in Seattle for 33 years, leading its transformation from settlement house to social service agency. Worked to reduce racial discrimination. Promoted multi-racial, cross-cultural cooperation, equal opportunity and affirmative action in community, church, nonprofit, government and other arenas. Mentors and advises community members, including sharing a set of principles he developed based on values from his cultural heritage. Mr. Ikeda is the recipient of numerous awards, recognitions of service and honors for his professional and volunteer contributions to society. Mr. Ikeda passed away on September 2, 2015.
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: parents' plan to eventually return to Japan Segment 1 of 30 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up in a family-run hotel in Portland, Oregon Segment 2 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Childhood summers spent picking berries Segment 3 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Childhood memories: Japanese language school and community activities Segment 4 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Relationship with parents, learning virtues of politeness, hard work and gratitude Segment 5 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Enjoying family atmosphere of Epworth Methodist Church's Japanese American congregation Segment 6 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Identity in high school: "It felt comfortable being Japanese, and I also knew I was an American" Segment 7 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending school assembly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "I felt as though our fellow students were looking at us, and we were the enemy" Segment 8 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Preparing for mass removal: fortunate to find people to take care of home and belongings Segment 9 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon: working to distribute dairy products, help people settle Segment 10 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Witnessing the shooting of a kitchen worker by a camp guard Segment 11 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reuniting with friends made at prewar "Young People’s Christian Conference" in Seattle, Washington Segment 12 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Feelings of fear and powerlessness upon witnessing the shooting death of a camp worker Segment 13 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Journey to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; booing a teacher who spoke of "democracy" in camp Segment 14 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Enduring harsh living conditions and discrimination while working outside of camp topping sugar beets Segment 15 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Participating in the agricultural work leave program: "Even though it's rough work, lousy living conditions, poor food, it was worth getting out of camp to be free" Segment 16 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Participating in camp activities, high school, church, dances Segment 17 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Celebrating Christmas in camp and singing "Don't Fence Me In" Segment 18 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The difficulty of responding to the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" Segment 19 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Graduating from high school in camp, deciding whether or not to volunteer for military service Segment 20 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Leaving camp: living and working while attending Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas, on scholarship Segment 21 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Drafted into U.S. Army, enduring basic training and attending the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, Minnesota Segment 22 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Reuniting with family in Portland, Oregon; attending Lewis & Clark College; accepted to the School of Social Work at the University of Washington Segment 23 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Organizing young people's groups and activities, working in an Alaskan fish cannery Segment 24 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Social work: working at Neighborhood House, Atlantic Street Center Segment 25 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Focusing on working with troubled youth with the Atlantic Street Center Segment 26 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Securing grant from National Institute of Mental Health to study troubled youth Segment 27 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of Atlantic Street Center's methodology, approaches to helping troubled youth Segment 28 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Activism during the civil rights movement: working closely with Black Panther Party Segment 29 of 30 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Developing a statewide plan on delinquency prevention Segment 30 of 30 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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